LISAA Animation & Video Games welcomes production company Dark Prince for a Masterclass
As part of the series of masterclasses led by journalist Francis Gavelle, LISAA Animation & Video Games welcomes Wendy Griffiths and Stéphane Piera, producers and co-founders of Dark Prince.
Masterclass by the production company Dark Prince
LISAA Paris Animation & Video Games students will welcome Wendy Griffiths and Stéphane Piera, producers and co-founders of Dark Prince, a production company specialising in animation and development around real-time animation and accessibility.
Dark Prince is behind many award-winning short films such as Spanneroo & Joe, directed by Stéphane Piera in 2015, which won awards at CICDAF (China) and the Paysages des Cinéastes Festival. The animated film was shown on France 3 and released in cinemas in April 2017.
The production company also produced Skhizein, directed by Jérémy Clapin, screened at more than 180 festivals, nominated at the Oscar and César awards, and award-winner at Cannes, Clermont-Ferrand and Annecy.
Wendy Griffiths and Stéphane Piera—big names in the animation world
Wendy Griffiths started with television, games and children's animated series. Stéphane Piera is a graphic designer, director and writer. They founded Dark Prince in 2002 and develop narrative projects and carry out several research projects on the subject of disability, producing prototypes and experiments for several companies including RATP and SNCF.
Strongly involved in the defence of writers’ rights, Stéphane Piera is the co-founder and co-president of the AGrAF association, which brings together the people behind French animation (writers, graphic designers and directors), was previously a member of the SACD board of directors, where he represented Digital Creation (Web, VR, etc.) and has recently become a member of AFCA's board of directors.
Awarded with a "Lutin" award for best producer in 2009 for Skhizein, Wendy Griffiths is now a member of the commission for pre-production support at CNC and works with other production companies as a both a script and budget consultant.
Meeting animation professionals
This conference follows a talk by the CEO of the production company Cube Creative and a masterclass led by Illumination McGuff. Throughout the year, LISAA Animation & Video Games students have had the opportunity to meet animation professionals.
Each masterclass is hosted by Françis Gavelle and addresses an issue related to animated film.
It is an opportunity for young talents looking for industry information and inspiration. These conferences allow them to meet representatives of contemporary creation in the field of animation and, above all, to have an exchange with them and ask all the questions they have about the discipline, its various professions and opportunities.